Target: The state of Georgia
Goal: Provide in-state tuition to legal immigrants
Recently, the federal government has begun giving work permits to people who came to the United States as children. Although these permits are renewable infinitely, Georgia refuses to accept the deferred action status as a basis for in-state tuition. Georgia must acknowledge the status of legal immigrants and grant them their right to in-state tuition.
The program implemented by the national government, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), makes it so that these immigrants may legally work in the United States and pay taxes. Yet the Georgia Board of Regents will not grant in-state tuition to them, even after they have spent money on their first twelve years of state education. The fact that immigrants who live, work, and pay taxes in Georgia are not eligible for in-state tuition is both unjust and hinting at racial prejudice. Georgia must move quickly to offer in-state tuition to those offered work permits through the DACA program, so as to ensure fairness and equality for all of its inhabitants.
By signing the petition below, you will help convince the state of Georgia to provide in-state tuition to all of its legal immigrants.
Dear Governor Deal,
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) grants work permits to immigrants who came to the United States as children. Yet, even though these people live, work, and pay taxes in the state of Georgia, they are not offered in-state tuition. This is unjust and must be corrected.
The DACA program guarantees that the work permits given to legal immigrants can be renewed repeatedly, at any time; it also grants legal immigrants the right to work in the United States and forces them to pay taxes. It is for these reasons that it is surprising to learn that the Georgia Board of Regents refuses to grant in-state tuition to legal immigrants with these permits. These students have already spent money going through their first twelve years of education, not to mention paying taxes to your state. The fact in-state tuition is being denied is completely unjust.
Please take action to make it so that legal immigrants with work permits through the DACA program can get in-state tuition in the state of Georgia.
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